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New York

Rumba New York

This is a Newcomer Level figure. It is very similiar Cha Cha Cha New York, except replacing Cha Cha chasse to one normal side step. See below for more technical details and a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
LF fwd in LSP 1/8 to R
This is New York to the Left Side Position.
Preceding step finish in Counter Open PP position, L to R hand hold.
End of preceding step on '&', turn 1/8 to R.
Increase tone in connecting arm and keep it with body when turning (over 1-5)
2
3
Transfer weight to RF
Breakdown to "3&", on "&", frame starts turning to R to face partner
3
4 1
LF to side, End in Open PP
3/8 to L over 3-5 Take required hold at end of depending. Here's it's continuing with New York to Right Side Position.
4 2
RF fwd in RSP
1/8 to L
See note in step #1.
5 3
Transfer weight to LF


6 4 1
RF to side,  End in Open CPP
3/8 to R over 3-5
Take required hold

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
RF fwd in LSP 1/8 to L
This is New York to the Left Side Position (Lady on Man's Left).

End of preceding step on '&': previous step is a strong side step. Make sure weight if fully transferred to LF, tighten the core before swiveling. (Otherwise, it's easy to wobble.)
Use strong twisting left side, pull right side through and lateral leg action. Turn to L. Feet turned out and step in slight 5th position (on central line).

When turning, L hand/arm is "connected" with upper frame, don't use shoulder joint as turning point for arm.

"2": RF fwd, hip pendulum. feet turned out. Forward Check Action. split weight. (whenever followed by a check step, it's always split weight.)
"&": Get spine on to the foot with check action to change direction.

R arm, the one connected with partner, do not push it forward, keep it tucked to side of body.

Basic technique: upper body flat forward, arm to the side.
Advanced technique:
  • hips turn 1/8 extra than feet, frame (upper body) turn as much as possible to L (isolated from hip).
  • Spine stays at same place as in basic technique. 
  • Do not break shoulder joint, arm is in same plane as body, if body can twist more, arm is more back.
  • During the turn, arm line slowly going up, ideally ending with L hand behind head, arm sloped up. 
  • Lady: break at wrist (think of showing off your ring), circle one round, ending downward. Hand at eye level.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF
LF ball flat.

RF tracks under body next to LF first before stepping. (Make sure RF doesn't do rondes.)

Use backward walk technique here: on "&", connected action, R leg release (ahead of body) and point R toe back (upper body remaining fwd), slightly turned out, knees connected at the spot. Then, use forward walk turn action (R toe has pressure, rotate onto the foot) to turn frame and use inside edge of RF to side (ending in same position as basic side step, R leg bent, then straighten).

Direct arm movement. Remove all extra movement.
3 4 1
RF to side, End in Open PP
3/8 to R over 3-5 hips pendulum, then twist to turn to R.    
4 2
LF fwd in RSP
1/8 to R
Continuing to New York to the Right Side Position.
5 3
Transfer weight to RF


6 4 1
LF to side. End in Open CPP
3/8 to L over 3-5
Take required hold

    • Commence in Open CPP. L to R hand hold.
    • New York LSP:
      • RSP may be achieved after New York LSP by turning 1/8 more between step 3 of New York LSP and 1 of the next figure, to follow with Progressive Walks Forward. New York LSP may also be danced from Progressive Walks Forward in LSP (no turn on step 1 of New York LSP).
    • New York RSP: similar.
    • Keep free foot turned out, with its heel brushing the ankle of the weight supporting foot.

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